Kidney disease affects one in every ten adults worldwide. In the United States alone, 26 million people are believed to suffer from some type of kidney disease at a cost of over $32 billion annually. Millions more are at increased risk, which is why it is so important to know the facts about kidney disease. The number of ESRD patients is expected to escalate to 785,000 by 2020, up from 380,000 in 2000.
Browse this section to find answers to all your questions about kidney disease—how kidneys work, what happens when kidneys fail, different types of kidney diseases, symptoms, treatment options, as well as important resources.